Friday, December 8, 2017

LP Review: "Grotesque Offerings" by Druid Lord

Grotesque Offerings
My favorite thing about metal is how absolutely different one band can be from the next.

The various metal subgenres definitely get their fair, and unfair, share of sand kicked in their faces.

But picture Grunge...Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden weren't really all that different from each other.

(Come at me, Grungebunnies.)

When metal is considered (Fight me, Kim Thayil!), the lines that delineate what is and is not metal are far more blurred. Is Deep Purple metal?

Zeppelin? Sabbath? What about Kiss?

Then when you get into what individual metal fans like. There are folks I know that are as metal as the day is long on the Summer Solstice, but wouldn't ever consider listening to Carcass, Mayhem, or Fisthammer.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fat Formats with Zero Fire

Our recurring interview about music, formats, and albums is yielding some interesting nuggets.

Today's guinea pig is Graham from Hamilton, Ontario's Zero Fire.

As with most of the bands we cover on these pages, they're a bit younger than me.

Graham's reverence for Silverchair is something that took me a little by surprise. I can remember their ups and downs in the 90's like it was yesterday.

Everybody's got something interesting down below.

Check out the rest and be sure to give them a virtual high five via Bandcamp.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Video: "The Challenger" by Cranely Gardens

Have you met Cranely Gardens? If not, you can check out this video.

The drummer has Storm Trooper heads on the kit, so that alone is worth clicking on this video. Let's take a look at the rest of it.

This is one of those super heavy tracks by a band that's very angry. This is something we can all pretty much get into here at Glacially Musical.

The band teamed up with Pure Grain Audio to release the track.

Check out the rest of the album on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Viscères" by Bind Torture Kill

Viscères
In an attempt to move forward and explore different genres today we're looking at Post-Hardcore.

This is new to me, so an exploration of what all of this is feels essential.

Hardcore Punk is punk rock that's harder and more aggressive than regular punk rock.

OK, this all seems rather simple and understandable. Punk Rock though, is pretty aggressive, so in my head, it would appear that Hardcore Punk is the link between Punk Rock and Grindcore.

Now, let's move onto Post-Hardcore.

It's described as something more creative and artistic than Hardcore and Punk Rock that incorporates essences of Post-Punk and Noise-Rock.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Video: "Love On The Highway" by Formosa

There comes a time in everybody's life when a good tub thumpin' good time is what the doctor ordered.

German Rockers, Formosa, have given us the soundtrack to that. We've all had the fantasy of flipping off our boss, blowing cigarette smoke in his face, and pounding a pint of German Pilsner.

Also, be on the lookout for the Gameboy Color!

Interview: Qoheleth

So recently, we were very lucky. There was an offer from some PR firm that I'd never heard of, but they assured me that their human hair wigs would do my stead well with the ladies.

Honestly, it seemed a little bit far fetched, but my wife did say that my slightly smaller forehead combined with the very brown hair I was then sporting made for a striking (my paraphrased) possibly even statuesque, and Dionysian countenance...so...

It was easier to believe them that for the low price of just $25, I'd be able to interview the MIGHTY Metallica!!! METALLICA METALLICA!!!

A quick paypal to HumanWigsofChina@yahoo.tz.lmnqop.com later...and an email address was provided for the interview.

Now, there was a slight snag, and California's Qoheleth answered the interview instead, sure it was pointed towards the thrash legends, but it still works if you ask me.

NEXT time, Human Wigs of China promises to get the email to the right person as long as I send them a paltry $5 to make sure there are no snags.

In the mean time...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Video: "Poissa" by Vermilia

All the way from Finland, we have Vermilia.

They're a blackened pagan metal band peopled by a single woman. She's/they've just released their latest single.

It's brutally beautiful. It's black metal with a side of folk. In breakfast terms, If you're eating an omelette, the traditional elements are the side bacon you got for $2.

Be sure to get the single, available only on Bandcamp.

LP Review: "Suffer The Cold" by Circle of Salt

Suffer The Cold
As this is being written by me, it's the last day of November and it's 55 degrees F.

In my youth that was the weather in Mid-September. It's amazing how things have changed in that time.

Our definition of what is and isn't cold is changing by the day, because our weather and our climate is changing.

As my home is now, and basically always has been, St. Louis, MO in the middle of the United States, we've never had the winters of Minnesota, northern Illinois, or even Iowa, our neighbor to the north.

As each year passes, we wonder, will there be winter in St. Louis? Are we going to get snow? These days, it seems like we have ice storms more than snow. Well, at least in some ways our world is still grey at the proper time of the year....

Friday, December 1, 2017

Video: "Self Pollution" by Marty Friedman

It's time to begin giving thanks to Prosthetic Records for bringing six string master, Ageless Wonder, the creator of a thousand nightmares, and all around smart guy, Marty Friedman back to the United States.

Granted, he still lives in The Land of the Rising Sun, but at least he's sending letters back home to America. If you've not picked up his latest record, Wall of Sound yet, at least check out the single, Self Pollution, below.

The man is still simply a force of nature.

LP Review: "The Darkness At The Edge of Dawn" by The Howling Void

The Darkness At The Edge of Dawn
In my youth, there were many small bodies of water. None of them were particularly large, at least not the ones I stood in front of.

Certainly, then and today, there's the Mississippi River, but we stay away from its banks. From an early age, we're taught to fear and respect the Mighty Mississip.

Lakes, streams, and creeks though...there were a great many.

For some reason even in my elder years, I cannot seem to refrain from tossing stones into the water. Seeing the rings forming in the water really make me feel wonderful.

There's something about rings and circles that mesmerize me. It's plausible that this just came from my childhood days of skipping stones in the water.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Video: "Traumatophøbia" by NØMADS

Through the magic of the intertubes, we look back in on New York's own NØMADS...except they're not in New York!

Through magic of the automobile, presumably, they're in Pittsburgh! Do they live there now?

Are they just giving us a miss? 

Well, while we get our staff private detective to check into this, you should check into the latest video off of one of their upcoming EPs. Sorry, but this was an album and now it's broken up into two EPs and I can't keep them straight.

Perhaps the vinyl versions will fix that for me!

Format Interview: Horse Head's Chris Gisrael

Horse Head
These interviews have been very interesting to me. 

If this is your first dance, we are asking several recording artists what they thing of music and formats in general.

There's been a lot of the same, in this case, Master of Puppets, but then there are those things that make you scratch your head. Today's interviewee, Chris Gisrael of Horse Head loves Yob and hates Live Albums.

Yob is great, but as someone who just loves the live record....this stuff doesn't compute for me...well, I'm not going to give you all of his answers...

See below!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Video: "Colors" by Lake Jons

There has certainly been too little strangeness in your day today.

So, in order to remedy that, let's take a look at the latest single by an avant garde trio from Finland, Lake Jons. We all love Finland right?

They're set to release their debut album this January through AntiFragile Music.

It's going to take you some time to process this track..but you'll be able to preorder it soon enough.

LP Review: "Sporysz" by Jarun

Sporysz
After walking out of Eyes Wide Shut, I turned to my date and said, you know there was a lot going on in that movie.

Later it was tossed back in my face because...

That's what people who didn't understand something say when they don't know what to say.

Now, had I said that today, it would have been, wow I'm still processing that movie. This is precisely what I said last night after a viewing of Your Name and my wife said she wholly understood.

It's a much better situation to be in, but the point is more about the processing of the things going on in an artistic venture.

In my mind, it's better to leave someone speechless after they take in your vision rather than their being able to speak about it at great lengths after one listening or viewing.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Video: "Devil" by BongCauldron

Do you ever get the feeling that there's a sort of a hidden message available to you? There may very well be a hidden message in BongCauldron's name.

For the of me I cannot find it, but you know what I can find? Their groove.

Check out this song below and they'll suck you in with chainsaw riffs and thunderpants drums.

If you need to headbang a little bit more afterwards, get the record HERE.

Format Interview: Moonlight Prophecy

Do you know what 2017 means to this band?

It's yet to exist for an entire year! Think about  that for just a second. Moonlight Prophecy is an outcropping of the Lawrence's Creation and into a band featuring vocals. 

As of right now, they're largely a studio only project as the band members live no only in different countries, but in some cases, different hemispheres.

Enjoy!

1. The first album I ever owned was?

Monster by R.E.M. on a cassette tape. I was about 11 years old when I got it. 

Just starting to get into rock music. I wasn't even familiar with very many bands that weren't on the radio much at the time. I only knew of Ozzy and Metallica basically. That was also before I even owned a CD player. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Video: "Tyrant's Sceptre" by Typhon's Doom

From the newly released Emperor's Path LP, Tyfon's Doom has released a trippy video. See below.

Tommi Varsala, again, has played all of the instruments and even designed the cover art.

If you're looking for something that'll just get the blood pumping and make you feel all jingoistic about where your nation is headed, will this will only do the first thing...that second thing... well maybe if you're Finnish?

(I'm not.)

Tyfon's Doom is one of those modern day classic metal bands. This isn't a relic pulled out of a bin in your attic, but new oldies.

EP Review: "Victory is Mine" by Lucifer's Hammer

Victory is Mine
It's become apparent to me that I have been digging a rut for quite some time around here.

Normally, my reviews go in cycles and never really encircles one thing. My lack of specialization is source of great pride, but that's not been the case for awhile now.

This site has been working, insidiously I might add, to become another doom/stoner metal site.

That's not what we are all about.

So, for at least a little while, the focus will shift away from this glorious music scene and refocus on others.

Doom shan't be abandoned, but it's got to be one of many voices heard around here instead of the main voice heard. So, with all that said, here's the latest doom metal....sorry, habits are hard to break...

Friday, November 24, 2017

LP Review: "Blades, Chains, Whips, & Fire" by Magick Touch

Blades, Chains, Whips, & Fire
About five years ago, this guy was standing inside of the Firebird for the first time.

Kill Devil Hills, featuring Rex Brown, was headlining the venue that night. It was actually a large night of firsts for me.

My first interview with a legitimate star, first show in the firebird, and the first time that friend stood me up.

But the point of all of this, isn't Brown, KDH, or whatever, but the fact that this band came out and went crazy town on me for about 45 minutes...they also sold me my first new vinyl record.

Crobot was funky and chunky, lean and mean, surf and turf, and most of all, they were sharp and tarp. I'm also given to understand they have a hot sauce that could be quite tasty.

What they showed me that  night is that we were all missing out on new rockers. If you huck a penny at any of our night club districts, you'll probably wing about fifteen national metal bands....but how many rockers?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LP Review: "The Undivided Wholeness of All Things" by Annihilation

The Undivided Wholeness of All Things
It's not been that long since I told you that I had to start making some changes to what music is reviewed around here.

So, let's talk about the subgenre "Brutal Death Metal."

There was an epic twitter meltdown I caused a few months ago because I said that brutal death metal and technical death metal are basically the same thing.

By basically, I mean 88 to 93% the same and by epic meltdown I mean a polite disagreement between myself and one other gent.

So, if we're being completely honest and putting all of our card on the table, I don't really like Brutal Death Metal. To my ears, it typically sounds like down tuned grindcore with a whole lot less to say, because who knows what in the world they're saying anyway.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Video: "Tophet" by Black Altar

There are bands in this world that hearing them is simply not enough. For all of their bluster, Kiss is not one of those bands. Seeing them adds nothing to the music itself.

BLACK ALTAR, in the tradition of Mayhem, is trying to be one of those bands. Tell me, does the video below tell the story as well or better than the music contained therein?

(Proper) Interview with Throne of Heresy

You may have caught this interview with Throne of Heresy talking about musical formats. If not, go back and check it out.

If you've already done that, and welcome back if you hadn't, please read below as the good gents in the band were willing to listen to me prattle and answer my questions.

There's some good information buried blow here.

Find it and you'll ace the quiz!

Glacially Musical: Thank you for taking some time for us today.

Throne of Heresy: No problem, thanks for having us. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Video: "Play It Loud" by Broken Stems

What is hip hop happenin' out there? What we're talking today isn't hip hop, but damn is it happenin'!

Every now and again we  just all need to see something so crazy, so infuriating, and so panicky that we just have to see it through to the end.

Broken Stems have done that to me today. Because of that, I'm doing it to you today. Why GI Joe's are running guns and drugs makes no sense to me...but why Malibu Barbie is candying up her nose, that I get.

Just get on, ok?

EP Review: "Maere" by Eschatos

Maere
When hearing a news story, it's always nice to consume unbiased news. (Yes, it does exist. Just because one person cannot tell a story without their bias doesn't mean all of humanity lacks the ability.)

What's great about some news sources, they give you analysis and reaction from people on both sides of the issue, so the picture is clearer as to how it may affect you, your loved ones, and all that kind of stuff.

It seems to me that when a second, or third voice is heard, my initial perception is crushed and a bigger picture comes into focus.

It's important to hear more than a single voice in your life. Echo chambers will kill us all because no pizza places deliver to echo chambers. Also, Jets Pizza....that stuff is the best chain pizza out there.

Friday, November 17, 2017

LP Review: "Kingdoms Disdained" by Morbid Angel

Kingdoms Disdained
It wasn't that long ago that Morbid Angel was touring Covenant again.

Sadly, that show...I missed it.

Morbid Angel was the first death metal band to really enter my purview. They were real death metal, not like Slayer.

Slayer was always touted as death metal by those out of the know. That was the introduction to my being a fan of extreme metal.

It's been 23 years since I bought it, but I can tell you the name of the store, where I got the money, and the location of where the store used to be.

It's a Qdoba now. Which is neither metal nor extreme. It's also safe to say that they have not purloined any metal fans into fans of their wanna be Mission Burritos. Though for a time, my death metal fandom waned, it has waxed again....

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Video: "Death of October" by Autumns Eyes

There are times when we're running behind. Not all of us have the ability to be on time like the Tokyo Rail system...did you see that NPR story about how they left 20 seconds early?

They left 20 seconds early and that's national news. That's all you need to know about their reliability.

So, we may be late bringing this track to you, but it should be known that it is still Autumn and October might already be dead, but like King Diamond says, everyday for me is Halloween.

Check out Autumns Eyes below!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LP Review: "Monumental Microcosm" by Greytomb

Monumental Microcosm
In a country where it's not taught, but known that a song is no more than four minutes long, how does one quantify something that's far longer?

Over the history of popular music, it seems there have always been people trying to make music shorter.

Well, short music can be fun and all that, but it doesn't compare to properly done (naturally) music.

Long time readers may recall Dear Insanity by Eye of Solitude.

Short songs, they have to come in hot and often times like my man, Anakin Skywalker said, they're coming in too hot. (Please note: the aforementioned line is literally the worst moment in the entire Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was bad ass and metal as hell.)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video: "As The World Turns Black" by Odium

As of this writing...I've been harassed by Longhorn Steakhouse and my hands are very cold indeed.

In times like this, it's nice to hear something horribly negative music. Something angry, depressed, or just flat out mean.

Do you know why?

What's the answer to this equation: -3 X -10?

It's a positive number. So there you go. Check out Odium, of Germany, if you need a pick me up right now. It's hard rocking video that'll give your day the jumpstart mine needs. Think, maybe you don't even need it...and then your day will double down in awesome.

The Mons Talk Tapes...Well...not precisely.

Let's continue on with how bands out there are consuming their music and what they really like to listen to when nobody's looking.

Up next we have The Mons. They're a hardcore punk band from Chicago, IL who're hot on the heels of their latest release, Trust No One, released via Triple Eye Industries.


1. The first album I ever owned was?

The first album I ever owned was Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits.  My mom signed the family up for the Columbia Record and Tape Club.  

Even though I was only 7 years old, I got to pick a title each month along with my two older brothers.  I didn’t really know much about music other than songs on the radio, so my brothers would sort of “pick” for me.  

I got Rush A Farewell to Kings, Aerosmith Rocks, and Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock and Roll when most kids were still worried about getting a baseball mitt.  It kind of warped me.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video: "Speed of Dark" by Hawkmoon

Hawkmoon just dropped their album, The Saturn Return, yesterday.

The'yre a band from Brisbane, Australia. I'm not a big fan of Aussie Rules Football, The Hyundai A-League, or AC/DC...

But I can be convinced to eat Outback Steakhouse sometimes....so without further stupidity on my part, watch the video below...it's mellow, but still metal.

You tell me. You can get it on Bandcamp.

Concert Review: Mayhem (f/Black Anvil & Immolation) at The Ready Room 11/10/17

This concert started about thirty years ago in Oslo, Norway.

In those days, Black Metal wasn't a common term. In fact, it hadn't yet reached the mainstream vocabulary on these shores.

At that time, this guy here, was just getting his feet wet with Metallica and that would lead to Morbid Angel and Deicide... 

As said before, folks have been calling me Satanic since the age of eight and based on the pentagrams on my clothing...looking back I see why they said that.

Black Metal now...is a term in the American vernacular. Though, not unlike the vast majority who throw up the devil horns, most people really don't know what it is. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Video: "Psalm 133" by Enzo and The Glory Ensemble

Do you ever think that Satan is getting too much play around here? Is it possible that we are not giving enough time to the other side?

Well, in the interest of fair and balanced coverage, check out the first single from Enzo and The Glory Ensemble, Psalm 133.

This is taken from the concept album/rock opera, In The Name of the Son. This track has a guest appearance by Kobi Farhi and there's a lot of other friends involved to...names like Marty Friedman are also involved.

So check it out and see if it moves your twinkie.

Split Review: "Decay Into Inferior Conditions" by Master and Dehuman

Decay Into Inferior Conditions
When you've got a good friend, you can trust them to be around and have your back.

It's always wonderful to think back to all of those times we had as children, teens, and twentysomethings when our best friend was right there making sure we did precisely what, well, we probably shouldn't have done.

There are a great many stories about what a good friend of mine and I did in Northern Illinois especially...like that time we bootlegged beer.

At least by the way I understand the letter of the law in Smokey & The Bandit. So, let's head forward into a split by two similar bands.

Around these parts we are always looking into every make and manner of split releases.

Today, we're looking at our first split live LP.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Video: "Temples Temple" by King Zog

All the way from Australia comes King Zog.

They're still in the empire, so let's say they're following in their countrymen's (Black Sabbath) footsteps. This is the doom metal like you read about. Luckily, you can now hear it and see the gents themselves via the magic of YouTube.

Man, remember when YouTube wasn't a thing? Well, take a look at the facial  hair and feel the rusty razor rage of those guitars.

They're releasing their debut on vinyl just in time for the holidays. Check it out.

Stream: "Scumlords" by Lou Kelly

Recently, I received an email from a man out in California who wanted me to c heck out his music.

It fight right in with some of the stranger music we've been bandying about lately, James Chance and Tomas Doncker specifically.

There's a lot that can be done with bigger bands...especially if you're angry.

Kelly's music is available on Bandcamp, of course. So do check it out and pick up a clarinet why don't you?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Video: "Until We Hit The Water" by Edge of Haze

If you're having a day when you think to yourself...I'm not going to supersize this McDonalds Value Meal, but your stomach demands you Americanize it...

You can put your head down or scream loudly into the sky that this will continue UNTIL WE HIT THE WATER.

That's when you'll be past the Edge of Haze.

EP Review: "Kathmandu" by Goya

Kathmandu
Precisely what do you have to say?

In my day job, that's the biggest part of what we do. We have to listen to what is said, or more precisely we have to hear what it is not said.

There are several different methods of communication. Non-verbal communication is quite a big one.

Think about yourself... imagine you've been dropped off in a Western nation, we're presuming most readers of this blog are westerners, but it's one where they don't speak your mother tongue.

What would you do? Could you order the cold frosty beer you've been hankering for? Would the locals look upon you while having absolutely no idea what you're saying?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stream: "Most Ghost" by Birds

I want to share something with you. There are often times birds in my basement. The hypothesis is that they are finding their way in via the chimney. Sadly, that chimney is not connected to a usable fireplace in my chateau.

It gets sad when the birds turn into ghosts. So, here we have connected the title of the song to the name of the band to an experience in my life.

Enjoy this garage rock writing trifecta below. BIRDS want to talk to you before we all shed our corporeal bodies and become amorphous apparitions.

Formats of Fun: Throne of Heresy

Throne of Heresy has just released their newest album, Decameron, via The Sign Records. It's a concept album about the Black Plague.

Sadly, it's not reviewed on these pages, but there's a coming interview about the record and it's on my Amazon Wishlist.

They were good enough to answer a few questions about how they good enough to answer our questionnaire about how they listen to music.

Check it out below!

1. The first album I ever owned was?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Video: "Communion" by Vvon Dogma

If you think the world has been too normal lately, then we have something for you!

Introducing Vvon Dogma and his amazingly crazy 9 string bass...and it's not like the 12 string basses employed by Cheap Trick...this is a legitimate nine different strings.

That guitar player...he's got too many strings too. Then there's a keyboard bass player. So, if you've been thinking to yourself, I'm still rocking this 90's Lo Bass Machine, but where's all the metal that'll make this body drop...

Here you go!

EP Review: "Cara Data Vermibus" by Come Back From The Dead

Caro Data Vermibus
Mmm...that Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was so good.

Shoot, your friend here is old enough to remember when there was no such thing as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...or perhaps the onslaught of commercials just makes me think that.

But, there's no question that those you got chocolate in my peanut butter and you got peanut butter in my chocolate commercials are imprinted on my mind.

I can also remember a world where we ate our Easter bunnies while dipping them in peanut butter, because they hadn't extended the Reese's plan into bunnies yet.

Their idea was that there are two great tastes and why should you choose what you had? (It was the 80's after all and it was more more more.) This lesson that I'm trying to teach my daughter...well, it's a source of great hypocrisy for me....

Friday, November 3, 2017

Video: "anticipating my lateness" by Imp of Perverse

There's been a fairly steady stream of invitations for me to head to Austin, TX. There's something about that city that makes everything there turn weird.

Speaking of weird, check out the latest video from Imp of Perverse.

LP Review: "The Heresiarch" by Nupraptor

The Heresiarch
Well, this is frustrating.

There was a movie that I saw years ago in the 80's, back when everything was plastic and ridiculous.

It was about a gent who was the prototypical 98lb weakling that we all read about in comic books.

He entered into a pact with, naturally, the Devil. Oh wait, googling has finally surfaced the name of this terrible flick, Hunk.

Among other amazing things it featured a wannabe Dom Deluise and a wanna be Elvira.

Well, the point is, the young is transformed from his normal self into an alpha male. The devil's emissary explains to him piece by piece where his outer shell came from.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Video: "Chamber" by Painted Black

Right now, the heater is broken and no matter how much green tea is imbibed, it's impossible to warm up the bones.

When it's that case, all we can so is listen to some music that really gets us worked up or music that gets us so far down that cold fingers aren't much of a bother anymore....

Check out Painted Black for some of the latter.

5 Mins With Klogr

Italy's Klogr is out there and getting it all done.

Their most recent ablum, Keystone, dropped on 10/02/17.

Glacially Musical: Let's take a few minutes so our readers can get to know you.

Klogr: Sure!

GM: Let's say it's about 1:30pm on a Saturday, after you open the fridge, there's nothing in it, what do you do?

KL: We live in Italy…there’s always some spaghetti in da house!

GM: Where do you find your inspiration?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Video: "THASSOPHOBIA" by NØMADS

My personal favorite duo of hobos is back at it again with their latest single, THASSOPHOBIA.

NØMADS has been releasing a single each month all year leading up to the release of their sophomore album, but that album has undergone a Spiderman/Venom transmogrification and now it's going to be a pair of EPs instead of one LP.

That gives us plenty to look forward to. In the meantime, enjoy the latest single below and see what there is to see, in Pittsburgh apparently.

After hearing single after single...I need more information as to when these releases are gonna drop.

Then I'll inform you!

EP Review: "Archaic Malevolence" by Infected Dead

Archaic Malevolence
How's your day going?

Is there any chance there's been some news of developments that your friends are in big, big trouble?

What about someone who worked for you going to prison over the way he conducted himself?

There are times in this world when it feels like everything is against us. How many times did Jay Fatbuds scream that very thing in the View Askew movies?

Now, here's some good news!

Whens things come crashing down on you, there's always somewhere you can turn. Music will be your only friend until the end....even if you go to federal prison.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Twingiant's Nikos Mixas's Top Ten Doom Records

Top 10 Doom Albums 

Nikos Mixas (2nd from left)
1. Trouble – Psalm 9

When I think of doom, I immediately think of this album. This is the proverbial bar and blueprint for doom. There’s nothing more to be said on this.

2. Candlemass – Nightfall

This is a close second to Psalm 9Nightfall has more riffing and leads and that’s the only reason I can’t put it as my top doom album. I have probably listened to this album more throughout my lifetime though.

High Reeper Digs Deaper

We're going to take some time getting to know about the likes and dislikes of some of the bands that are currently out there.

We've got a standard series of questions and we're gonna see how everybody feels. Up first, High Reeper.

1. The first album I ever owned was? 

Kiss Destroyer. I was born in '72 and I had a cousin who was a total head/stoner and was five years older than me. 

When I was five he gave me that record. He turned me on to music and art. I used to stare at that cover and think that those were just about the toughest four dudes I had ever seen.


2. My favorite album of all time is....

Right now? It's the first Black Sabbath record. Everything about it. When I first heard it I couldn't even process it it was so heavy and unlike anything else I had ever heard. 

The playing is so good and is as unpretentious as can be. The guitar and bass playing are off the charts. I love that it was recorded and mixed in a flash and it's just the best record ever.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Video: "Where Did All The Love Go" by The Rebel Light

In the First World, there's little worse than what you're experiencing right now. It's Monday afternoon and you need to finish out the workday.

If you were in the Third World though, they'd probably be harvesting your hair while you work, so let's just be glad we're sitting at a desk instead shall we?

However, you still need something to get you through till three o'clock when popsicle time hits am I right?

So have a short dance with The Rebel Light. This video is a bit on the strange side...and seeing the totally hippied out Mystery Machine...well...just watch OK?

Dead Register On Tour This November

A couple of years ago, an album crossed my desk by a band called Dead Register.

That name doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to be honest with you and if you try to google it, you're going to get results featuring conspiracy theories about the dead voting.

Their album, Fiber, is a strange mishmash of styles and genres.

I'm not even sure it's appropriate to just toss them under the label of metal. All that can be said is that it's a damned fine album. The Georgia trio describe themselves as a Gothic Band....perhaps there's a little bit of Southern Gothic there.

Earlier this year, my wish of having this release on vinyl came true and the splatter version is resting comfortably on the vinyl shelf.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Video: "Trainyards" by Thunder Body

Let's be perfectly honest about some things today.

I love trains. You may recall, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (click those sidebar links would ya?) that I recently eschewed a two hour flight for a sixteen hour train ride.

Seeing the front picture of this video just made me want to love this song. Certainly, about the last thing I was expecting was a dose of reggae about trains and train yards.

Check it out. Thunder Body'll make you a better person.

LP Review: "Still Innocence" by LUSTRE

Still Innocence
Yesterday, as in the day before this was written, your friend and humble narrator took in his very first session of massage therapy.

You see, there's this pain in my neck that's been going on for some time and it's long past due to be fixed.

Naturally, this was a singular experience for me, but as it was the first time having done it....obviously...

In this stage of my life, I'm attempting to improve the quality of my life. Go to the physician more. Get my physical and mental problems cared for.

So, that was the reason for this session. My neck was creating immense pains shooting down to my fingers. It was scary. So, in the little room, they attempted to play some relaxing sounds in order to quiet my mind and allow relaxation.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Stream: "Doin' It Again" by Honeymoon Disease

All the way from Jolly Old Sweden via The Sign Records comes Honeymoon Disease.

As unpleasant as their name sounds, their music is just that slick. It's kind of like someone found one of those bland and faceless 70's bands that didn't make it, Black Oak Arkansas I'm looking at you, put them in a time machine with a bunch of great Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy albums.

Of course...all this is just downright silly and Honeymoon Disease aren't time travelers... because we all know that Time Travelers only exist in England right now.

Check them out below!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LP Review: "Nostalgia - Archive of Failures - Part I" by Vardan

Nostalgia - Archive of Failures - Part I
Every single night, we all (hopefully all) of us head off into the vast wasteland that is sleep.

The goal is to achieve R.E.M. sleep.

That's the goal.... "For in dreams we enter a world that's entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud."

  --Albus Dumbldore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (really JK Rowling).

R.E.M. sleep is when we receive the rest we so desperately need.

Before we plunge the depths and fly in the stratospheres, there's a waiting room as it were. Languishing in the antechamber is not optional. There is a waiting period. It's one of the cruelest jokes Natural Selection has played on us.....

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Video: "Mechanical Gods" by Inverted Serenity

Whenever you feel like beating yourself up, let's instead, suggest, listening to some very extreme metal. Inverted Serenity comes all the way from Winnipeg, MB.

The don't skimp on the cold either. This song lacks basic human warmth. If you were looking for a date, that would be pretty terrible, but with brutal death metal, that's a major plus!

Check it out if you need to crash something.

Video: "The Bible Code" by Lostair

Admittedly, a band's look can hook me just as much as their sound.  In the case of Lostair, they frankly look cool.

Then let's take their track, The Bible Code, which asks the questions about ecumenical politics espoused by Chris Rock's Rufus from the Kevin Smith flick, Dogma.

If this track gets your blood pumping, contact the band on Facebook. You can also preorder the album from Revalve Records by going HERE.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Video: "Here Come" by Anima

Here's a new band from a the brothers Triveño. Hailing from...well I don't know where they are from, but I can tell you that they're something interesting.

Check it out and pay close attention to how the majority of the band has covered faces...the brothers are using special guests to help them move along the plot.

DO NOT MISS THE GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS!

XLP Review: "Droner" by Opium Warlords

Droner
Truth in advertising...is this even a saying anymore?

How many times have you watched a commercial and genuinely believed that they were telling you the truth?

What about movie trailers?

Seriously, what's up with these things where you check out a trailer and it looks amazing so you buy a ticket.

But then after you've spent forty five minutes watching commercials, movie trivia, and a bunch of other misleading previews, your movie comes on...

And it has nothing to do with what you paid to see? I don't understand that at all. Wouldn't it be better for the proper audience to go to a movie rather than a misled gentry who's only going to blast that flick on the internet afterwards?

Friday, October 20, 2017

LP Review: "Songs of Snark & Despair" by Seth Kibel

Songs of Snark & Despair
The call from the Right Wing of American Politics for years has been that artists, Hollywood Actors, and musicians should refrain from speaking about politics.

Then racists from Duck Dynasty, has been rockers like Ted Nugent, and pedophiles from reality shows have become hangers on and GUESTS at The State of the Union by Republican Congressmen.

In the truest height of hypocrisy, after hearing for eight years about how President Obama was too inexperienced to be the leader of the free world, the Republicans nominated and the Electoral College, with some help from Vladimir Putin, installed a man who's greatest accomplishment was being a game show host as President of the United States of America.

Video Premiere: "Flaming Earth (Official Lyric Video)" by Cortex Complex

While you're enjoying your tea and coffee, take a moment to see where this world is going.

Imagine the year is 2177 and we continue to tread the path we're treading now.

Cortex Complex would like to show it to you. Their new album, Memoirs of an Apocalypse, drops on 11/24. You can also check out their previous, fully instrumental, record on Bandcamp.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Video: "A Bridge To Further Realms" by Flames of Genesis

There's an album that's coming out in a few weeks by Flames of Genesis.

They're an ambient band of some sort. Minotauro Records is releasing this might slab of well, I'm not precisely sure what to call it. It's a little bit of everything yet none of any of it.

Reviewing this album would be next to impossible for me. So, in turn, I'm asking you to spend about seven minutes of your life with this "song."

Stream: A.N.U.S. by Nihiloceros

Brooklyn based rockers, Nihiloceros are gearing up for the release of their debut EP.

Currently on tour in Canada, but you can check out their first single right, A.N.U.S., right here. Normally, I wouldn't be taking on a single with such a title, but there's a story  here.

Mike Borchardt detailed a conversation about the title being a play on NU Metal, as it was "Another NU Song." The only problem is that this conversation never took place.

He imagined the whole scenario and the title has stuck.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stream: "the only reason you want to go to california is that it's the closest thi..." by dreambeaches

Sometimes the anger and the frustration becomes all too much.

There are times when Mighty Tacos, Stinger Pizzas, and University of Buffalo hockey all just come to the fore and .... well clearly I'm reminding myself of my trips to the great city of Buffalo, NY, coincidentally (not really) That's where our new friends, dreambeaches, are from.

Check out a few of their tunes below from their latest release, Disapearing Act.

LP Review: "Time" by StoneBirds

Time
Let's have a very silly conversation for just a moment, if you don't mind.

What's the most important thing you can take away from music?

There are so many different types of music that can take the listener into all sorts of places. In This Modern World, the mash up has been taken to the next level.

This past weekend, we attended the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Family Concert and they mashed up athletics and music.

Does a strong tempo and rhythm make a song magnificent to you? What about the spaciousness of of progressive music? Does tightly packed metal and hard rock create the ultimate experience?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Video "The Theory of Shadows" by The Modern Age Slavery

Modern Metal in 2017.

We are living in an age when anger is more than palpable. In times like this we all need to check ourselves and find a way to relax.

The best way is to push out the negative energy via totally Brutal metal. The Modern Age Slavery has just dropped a painful new track and video.

Check it out below.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Video: "Ferocious: by Lauren Lakis

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Tupac Shakur said in 1996 that things were getting boring and it was time to shock the people. Then Kiss came out for the first time in their full gear. It had been 17 years at that point for those particular four men.

Lauren Lakis has chosen to follow in the steps of Shakur. Her new album is full of Electric Doom Folk.

The Baltimore native has lots to say and she hopes you're listening.

LP Review: "Terraforming" by Jupiterian

Terraforming
One of the greatest songs of great songs....we all know it... We've all been subjected to its whims.

Stairway To Heaven.

Robert Plant once said in an interview that he had no idea why it was so popular. There were no verses, choruses, and such. It's a bit of a formless song.

It's more of a poem accompanied by music.

On the whole rest of the album, and the preceding, Led Zeppelin really expanded what a rock band could be. There were no longer any boundaries left to cross. Well sort of.

In the end, it's easy to come back to the question...what makes something a song? What makes a series of noises music?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stream: "The Wheel" by Lovely Dark

Check out a new band by the name of Lovely Dark.

They hail all the way from Minneapolis, MN, the Twin Cities as it were. They've got a unique sound and they're not afraid to push the envelope well past established boundaries.

Once that's done, they even have the gall to take it to the post office with only one stamp on!

Check out their single below. They can be found on Bandcamp.

Interview: Amos and Cody of Death of Kings Break Silence on Mass Destruction Fest

Glacially Musical: Please give us some background on Mass Destruction Metal Festival. How long has it been around? 

When and where will it take place and what types of bands are in the line-up?

Cody: This will be the inaugural year! Putting on a metal festival has been a goal of mine for about a decade, I’d continually find myself thinking about how I could make it happen, which bands I’d like to see, etc. 

It wasn’t until roughly 2 years ago that I approached Amos (who runs A. Rippin’ Production here in Atlanta) about how to put on shows when he asked if I wanted to  collaborate with him on doing this.

We envisioned MASS DESTRUCTION being a beacon for Heavy Metal in the Southeastern U.S. I know Amos was tired of seeing touring bands skip over Atlanta; and I wanted us to offer something for the region so folks who couldn’ttravel very far would be able to experience a metal festival right in their backyard.

This year we focused heavily on Black and Death metal—and tried to do what we could to add some diverse sounding bands within the two genres.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Video: "Hell Moon (We Shall Never Die)" by Eleine

How many different things have told us how small we are? That what we do as humans is frankly unimportant because in the grand scheme of the universe we're smaller than a single atom.

What is rarely explained is though we as individual humans are small, we as cogs in a machine can accomplish a great deal.

The new single from Eleine, Hell Moon (We Shall Never Die) gives me that feeling. This is a band that's able to combine the talents of several members into a huge thing.

Check it out below!

LP Review: "META" by YLVA

META
It came to my attention recently that my record library and listening to those glorious slabs spinning is my mental floss.

Most days of my life, there is a song in my ear at all times.

The difference is that when it's at work, in the car, or even at a concert, it's a different experience than being at home and watching the rotations of vinyl.

Perhaps it's because this is when I'm listening to full albums front to back and track by track.

There's something a bit magical doing that, especially when it's by masters of the format like Led Zeppelin, Metallica, etc. Sadly, front to back albums isn't as much of a thing as it once was.

Certainly there is a time and a place for everything, but there is something that's wonderful about sitting in a room without a TV connection and listening to music.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Video: "Anathema" by Stillborn

Choose your moment.

Now's a great time to check out a band all the way from the remote lands of Gothenburg, Sweden.

They've just dropped their latest lyric video from their album Nocturnals. It's going to be the best Gothicly made Gothenburg metal you'll hear this fortnight.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stream: "Godsend" by Northless

There are times when we just get into the thick of it. The full on plastered muck of the world we are living in.

Northless would appear to have had enough. Their new record, Last Bastion of Cowardice, is being released on Halo of Flies next month. Per their usual, there'll be two colored editions, and a black edition.

Click play below and preorder the record on bandcamp. Look for the full review next month.

LP Review: "The Fourth Seal" by Pale Horseman

The Fourth Seal
Recently, I took a trip to Minnesota. Going up to the Twin Cities from St. Louis, MO can take a good long time.

That's actually a trip my family has made a number of times. By car, it's ten hours, plane, 3 hours, and by train, it's about 16 hours.

The last one was my favorite mode of travel. It takes longer sure, but the dining car, the observation car, and beer on had just made it wonderful.

It's a hard trip and those long rides can take a lot out of you.

It's important to have something that can take that pain away and just get you moving over the next hump.

Enter The Pale Horseman.